Magazine article New Internationalist

Death Register

Magazine article New Internationalist

Death Register

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Death Register by Dwight Thompson (Peepal Tree Press, ISBN 9781845234072) peepaltreepress.com ···

In his debut novel, Jamaican author Dwight Thompson presents us with a coming-ofage story that adheres to the maxim 'write what you know'. Set in Montego Bay in the 1980s, Death Register is the story of Chauncey Knuckle - a schoolboy and aspiring writer whose talent has won him a place at an elite boys' college. Abandoned by his father after his mother's death, Chauncey is raised by his grandparents in a loving but fiercely strict family. Violence, both inside and outside the home, is endemic and Chauncey's path to university and escape from the stifling norms of Montego Bay is strewn with obstacles. His school is a hidebound and patriarchal place and, in the semi-lawless streets, there is the constant lure of drugs, sex and criminal gangs. …

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